Next week marks the publication of The Last Magazine, the late BuzzFeed reporter’s first novel — as well as the first anniversary of his death. We’re celebrating his work and his life with these chapters, chronicling a book party that totally in no way took place in the offices of Newsweek.
This week for BuzzReads, the first Michael Hastings Fellow, Gregory Johnsen, reports on the most dangerous sentence in U.S. history. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
The reporter died Tuesday morning at 33. His friend and bureau chief remembers an era that shaped him.
Hastings, who was a reporter for BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone, died in a car crash early Tuesday. He was 33. Last year, he wrote the following advice “for you and young journalists in general” during a Reddit AMA.
The campaign trail really sucks. Or does it? In an exclusive excerpt from Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of President Obama’s Final Campaign, Michael Hastings explores the weirdly addictive qualities of most expensive election in history, the “brutal caste system” of the press corps, and how the White House Press Secretary picked up a dangerous $10,000-a-day habit.
The Chicago mayor’s blowups are legendary. Here’s one captured on tape.
Apparently Michael Hastings has a new nickname on The Young Turks. Beyond his Gosling-esque good looks, Hastings tells me his reporters’ notebook is his “security blanket.” It’s a good look.
BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and Michael Hastings joined Piers Morgan to break down the Wisconsin recall Wednesday. “I think this really elevated [Walker] to be kind of a folk hero on the right. I think you’ll see him with a big role at the convention,” Smith said on the panel.
BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings joined Hardball with Chris Matthews to talk about whether the president’s courtship of military families will win over a group that has traditionally supported the GOP. “The Obama campaign has bent over backwards to make inroads with military veterans,” Hastings said.